Wednesday 8 March 2017

Local history

"Walking is the Best possible exercise.
Habituate yourself to walk very far."
Thomas Jefferson.

On my walks, since moving into our new home around 18 months ago, there are a number of points of interest.
We live about three-quarters of a mile from the picturesque village of Berkswell, Warwickshire.
When working from home, the regular lunchtime stroll takes us across fields, down the hill and into the village (sometimes stopping at The Bear Inn for refreshment!!).

I decided to take a few iPhone snaps of items of historical interest, and share them, for no particular reason!

Above: the local Church.
Below: the information sign in the village gives details on some points of interest.

The Well, from which the village gets it's name.
Pronounced "Burk's well", as opposed to "Bark's well" - many people think it's pronounced like "Berkshire" which is the mistake that marks you out as an outsider round these parts!

Above: Notice anything strange about the Stocks on the village green? Have a close look...
Below: Canon captured from the Russians in the Crimea in 1855.

Beow: picturesque little thatched cottage. Lovely!

This coming weekend I'm heading to WMMS at Alumwell.
And ... I have a list.
I've even done some pre-ordering!

I may also be loading some very old (1970s) stuff onto the bring n buy - I've got three 15mm ancients armies that are simply sitting at the back of a cupboard when they could be doing battle on someone's table, along with a bundle of 25mm fantasy stuff, some books, and a few oddments.

Anyway, I may see you there.

Oh, and yes... I believe there are some Prussian infantry, clothed, and about to make their way south from the brush of D Jarvis, esquire. Looking forward to their arrival.


  1. Fascinating! I've always loved local history. Those stocks are a bit of an oddity - five holes? Thanks for sharing.

  2. <>
    Only that we grow to love the village we call home, especially if it is old and has character. Those Crimean cannon get everywhere; before my time they had two of them at the top of The Promenade in Cheltenham.

  3. Lovely village. You are lucky to live there.


  4. Lovely countryside to live and walk in,thanks for sharing the pics with us,

  5. I dread to think what limb went in the fifth hole!

  6. Always find local history interesting. Good to chat today at WMMS!

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone. It's a lovely place to live.
    Yes, The stocks are unusual in having 5 holes.
    Legend has it that they were originally created to punish 3 men, one of whom had only one leg!
    David - great to see you in fine fettle at WMMS. Take it easy, and keep posting those fabulous battle reports!
    All the best

  8. Thanks for the pictures, this village just got added to my must visit lisk on my next overseas holiday. Looks lovely